I’m Ken Chin, aka daRevoluCHIN.
In 2006, I was perfecting being a pro couch potato and Dorito eater. In 2007, I started to run and did my first marathon. About 7 marathons later, I realized I formed an addiction. But, that addiction got boring. So, I decided that I wanted to mix it up a bit in 2011 when I signed up for a 2012 IRONMAN when I couldn’t even swim. *GASP* Yeah, I know. But I got it done and boy was that a TOUGH JOURNEY!
I really thought that it was that one time bucket list item that I would not want to do again. But, I thought the same thing about running marathons. So, 2013 had me training again; AND, we all know how THAT turned out!
So, I’m seeking a little redemption this year – with my swimming skills being much more refined thanks to the Chicago Blue Dolphins – and am on schedule to be at IRONMAN Kansas 70.3 in June and IRONMAN Boulder 140.6 in August. I will once again be on the IRONMAN Foundation – Newton Running Ambassador Triathlon Team, bringing awareness to the IRONMAN Foundation and how it supports the communities in which we race!
My efforts will benefit the IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund Program, supporting service projects that will be conducted in the race communities to assist local initiatives.
Through the team, I am able to make my journey to become a two-time IRONMAN one with a cause! Please help support my mission of supporting the local communities that host these IRONMAN events and know that any amount goes a LONG way and is tax-deductible!
The goal of The IRONMAN Foundation-Newton Running Tri Team is to “create an action that happens once in time but has existing or lasting results or an action that happens continually or progressively.” The team will create a moment to impact people, that does it in a way to build a legacy.
Kokua is a Hawaiian word that translates as “extending loving, sacrificial help to others for their benefit, not for personal gain. Through our Kokua, we hope to leave the world a better place.
Through the support of the team, The IRONMAN Foundation will partner with a local charity to leave our KOKUA in the IRONMAN race Communities. Please help us leave a lasting legacy behind in our race community and contribute ANY amount. Your tax-deductible contribution will go a long way and you can do so here:
Thank you for your support in reaching my $3,000 goal and for recognizing the Kokua that our team represents!
LOVE this blog post by Carrie: “How to date a triathlete/marathon runner/endurance junkie.” #dating #triathlete #triathlon #runnerds #runner #IRONMAN
I’m a Professionally Trained Classical Clarinet Player
By the age of 17, I already played in Carnegie Hall three times, totaling six by the age of 18 – this included principal clarinet on Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (AWESOME clarinet solos!). Then, I went on to study in a conservatory-like setting at DePaul, with members and regular players of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Throughout my studies, the most obvious beyond the books was simply PRACTICING. It’s exactly what I DIDN’T want to do! I wanted to be socializing, hanging out, and having fun. Practicing was NOT fun. But, I HAD to practice in order to get graded for lessons, so I didn’t sound bad during group performances and because we had yearly recitals to perform. I couldn’t just show up and play. There was so much that needed to be done to make sure my sound was as close as possible to being what my mentors wanted it to be and, of course, I had to practice all that fast technique stuff (slow to fast!) because it was certainly NOT my forte!
Simply put, I had to practice but it was easier to do when there was something to be practicing for. So, I would go to the performance office and schedule my recital; I would send in my application to audition for one orchestra; and, I would schedule my next lesson. I had to have something booked before I really got serious. Then, I did the work.
With that goal in mind, I took out a calendar and mapped out how I should be progressing up until recital, audition or lesson day. I would structure my practicing accordingly and set SMART goals. Then, as the day got closer, I would be to the point where I would be doing a “run-through” – playing everything from start to end – without stopping. I would record myself during these sessions, analyze (OVER-analyze really!), and then I would practice a little bit more to clean up the technique here, fix my counting issue there, etc.
I would even run up and down stairs or do a bunch of jumping jacks and then immediately go into playing through my music. Why? Because, I had to practice being nervous and getting the heart pumping rather aggressively was a great way to replicate it. And, it was my job to play and NOT SOUND NERVOUS!
All that work would finally pay off. Hours upon hours of practicing, recording myself, getting the heart going etc. It was all for a total of, at most, probably an hour of music being played. And, that was just for recitals. For auditions and lessons, the total amount of music being played MAYBE totaled up to about 30 minutes. For lessons, I might get through 1/10 – 1/4 of what I prepared. And, in auditions, I could easily be cutoff after just ONE minute of playing and all I would hear from behind the screen is, “THANK YOUuuuu…. NEXT!”
Yes, all that practicing for such little time of actual playing in the end.
But, that regimen and structure are what have easily transferred into all other aspects of my life and have led to my success today. I set goals, structure my schedule accordingly, then I do the work to get there. I just get to do what I want to do, socializing on the way and enjoying myself vs being locked up inside, alone, practicing, all by myself!
How this is relevant to why I am writing you today…
I was a band geek that NEVER thought I would be actively participating in fitness as I am today. With my second IRONMAN being just two weeks away, I am almost half-way through “taper madness”. This is when I start over-analyzing my training, thinking about how much I missed, panicking that I may miss the 2:20 swim cutoff, start having nightmares that I forgot my wetsuit, bike, or running shoes, and obsess about SEVERAL packing lists. Yes, this is quite a neurotic time. And, yes, I’m even MORE neurotic than usual during this time (as you can see!)
During my final long run today, I was thinking of all that above AND how I really wanted to get a blog post up. So, I was thinking of how I got to today and how I will get through IRONMAN Wisconsin. And this time, I really actually BELIEVE the saying, “Trust the training…”
Thanks to group training sessions with Chicago Endurance Sports, I can say that I feel better than I did at this time a year ago. I got more of the training in, getting in my weakest sport (SWIMMING!) when super-limited on time, and I got all but a FEW of my long weekend training sessions in. That is HUGE! I can’t tell you how much training I missed last year because I was either “tired” or, more likely, didn’t have a group to meet up with that was also putting in the same work and, therefore, just couldn’t get out the door. Yup, group training is a necessity for me!
CES provided the calendar and the structure. I did the workouts (practicing) with an awesome group of folks that have become newfound friends. I had a few shorter races (dress rehearsals) with even MORE new friends. And, I will continue doing “touch ups” (run-throughs) up until race day (the lesson, audition, or recital) with the same friends.
I’ve been training for a three event sport and the biggest difference between this and my past life as a musician is that I can’t actually do true run-throughs because the events are so LONG. For IRONMAN, the closest I got was last weekend, covering 104 bike miles and 30 run minutes on Friday, a 2.4 mile swim on Saturday, and a 20 mile run on Sunday. It was definitely nice to spread all that out over three days and the thought of doing the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run ALL within 17 hours or less just… well… just… CONTINUES TO SOUND ABSOLUTELY NUTS!
I’m probably more excited this year than I was last year, not only because it’s my second go at this distance, but because I had a plan, followed it pretty well overall, and now I just have the performance to get done!
The butterflies will increase as the morning of 9/8/13 gets closer. But, I certainly hope that I can hold it together as I wander down the helix toward the swim start that morning. Last year, I started to cry silently with tons of tears rolling down my face because I was happy to have gotten through the training and was so proud of myself… AND I COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT I WAS ABOUT TO ATTEMPT!
Now the REAL point (I know, it’s like a drawn out movie that could’ve ended about 30 minutes ago!)…
Aside from having put in solid training, I am really happy to know that the training I did also brought awareness to the IRONMAN Foundation and all it contributes to the communities that host IRONMAN events. Their mission is incredible and I am glad to have been able to fundraise for them as part of the IRONMAN Foundation – Newton Running Ambassador Triathlon Team.
Thanks to those of you that have donated already and to those that support me but are unable to donate. Because of your tax-deductible donation, I have raised $1,370 of my $3,000 goal to date — THANK YOU! I appreciate your unending support of all my endeavors, despite how CRAZY they may be!
And, for those that have not donated yet but have planned to, now is the time because I have just two weeks to race day and I am counting on you to get me to my $3,000 goal! You can do so here: http://goo.gl/ai1Qgv. Don’t forget that your donation is tax-deductible! AND, those that have donated at least $70.30 will be entered into a giveaway of a sports massage with my friend and owner of Urban Wellness Chicago, Terri. The lucky recipient will be announced shortly after race day.
Hope you enjoyed the read and I thank you all for your donations to such a wonderful cause!
The following post by me was published by Core Power earlier this week…
Here’s a great tip on getting motivated to work out from our CP friend, Ken Chin!
Are you like me? Do you wake up and try to justify that you should really just stay there in bed, under the covers in darkness, where nobody will know that you didn’t get your workout in? Do you need a big kick in the @$$ to get out the door to get your fitness on?
If you are, welcome to the club! If not, quit your judgment this very second!
I envy my best friend Matt. No matter how much sleep he does or doesn’t get, he’s up at the same time each morning doing his assigned workout. Here’s some food for thought: Matt missed only FOUR workouts last season during his Ironman training. And do you know what type of workouts he missed? They were the OPTIONAL strength training ones! The ones that weren’t any of the three disciplines of triathlon! I don’t even want to begin tallying inTrainingPeaks how many workouts I missed!
How does he do it?
I’ve picked his brain many times on this subject but I never get a clear answer other than, “I just do.” Now, isn’t that helpful?
So, being that he couldn’t provide me with an acceptable answer (aren’t I nice friend?), I’ve been left to find ways to get MYSELF motivated and get my workouts done.
Let’s start with the very first step: sign up for a race! That will help you establish purpose for your workouts and you’re not just doing a workout to “keep your base.” Yes, keeping your base is important when there is no race on the horizon, but many of us require a goal. So get that out of the way, first, and it’ll give you a more solid why as to the purpose of your workout.
Next, find a group to train with! Groups can give you peace of mind which comes from knowing that you’re suffering through the workout together. And of course, there’s the social aspect of meeting new people and sharing your progress with each other. It’s just nice knowing that you’re not alone on your journey!
Finally, what are you going to do on those days when you don’t have the group workout? Recruit buddies from the group! More than likely, you’ll link up with another athlete with similar strength in each discipline–it may even be the same person! Plan to link up with each of them to get the workout done together! Suddenly, you’re not alone! Cool, eh?
This is how I do it. Just be careful not to recruit buddies that will enable you to bag the workout, resulting in you both having beer and pizza instead! I’ve been there too!
Now it’s your turn!
On those days when you don’t feel like it, how do you motivate yourself to work out?
i have to be honest…
i am a rebellious person.
when i’m told not to do something, i typically want to do the opposite because i want to prove that i’m in control and not you. the same can be said when it comes to food.
since moving toward a paleo “lifestyle” in november 2012, it has definitely had an impact on controlling weight gain through the holidays and winter, coupled with non-ironman training type cardio.
going paleo, to me, has different depths. you can go ALL in (or have to due to medical conditions), where you are looking at specific chemicals in the products, how the animals you’re eating were fed, etc. or, you can go a little simpler, as i am. what are the key elements of paleo that i, personally, try to keep an eye on?
avoid processed foods.
too many items in the ingredients list = no no.
notice how i said “avoid” above?
it all sounds pretty easy, right?
i WANT that bag of chips. i WANT that cupcake in the office kitchen. i WANT those french fries! i WANT that sushi! AND, I’LL HAVE THEM! those are the times that you DON’T see me posting pictures on Instagram because i’m ASHAMED!!!
but, there you have it… i’m human! i have those cravings and the fact that i’m not SUPPOSE to have them, makes me want to have them even MORE! REBELLION!
but once you read Paleo Diet for Athletes, you learn that those “non-optimal” foods are typically “ok” during stages III & IV of recovery! so, workout and ye shall be rewarded! the longer the workout, the longer stage III is! read the book so you fully understand!
so, ken… what’s your point?
my point is that it’s perfectly fine that i rebel. yes, i should do less of it. and, that’s a work in progress. i’m working on focusing on those foods as “rewards” and “integral for recovery” post-workout. so, i don’t really HAVE to rebel as much as i want to, especially because my training has started to ramp up significantly lately with the LA Marathon in March.
how do YOU rebel? what’s YOUR weakness?